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How to Renew a Driver's License in Florida

Drivers License Online Services Guide

Drivers License Online Services Guide

Florida Drivers License Renewal

Renewing drivers licenses in Florida is mandatory for drivers who would like to maintain their driving privileges within the state. Motorists are required to renew drivers licenses in FL on a regular basis through the state's Department of Motor Vehicles. For added convenience, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles allows state drivers to renew driving licenses up to 18 months prior to the expiration date. Continue reading to find out the available methods to renew your drivers license, including online, by mail or in person at a DMV office in your area.

How to Renew Your FL Driver's License



Renew Florida Drivers License

Note: The expiration date of your driving license is located on the front of your card, underneath the issue date.


To renew your drivers license in Florida, you must first select the renewal method that applies to you: online, by mail or in person. The process to complete a Florida drivers license renewal online will require you to visit the official FL DMV website and follow the instructions on the screen. You may also renew an expiring drivers license by mail, as long as you have the requested information and documentation. Drivers who prefer to directly speak to a representative may do so by making an appointment at a local DMV in FL. Walk-ins are also acceptable, but it is highly recommended to schedule an appointment in advance to avoid a long waiting period.

Fees

FL DMV license renewal fees vary, depending on the type of driver's license class for which you are applying. For example, the cost of a Class E renewed driver's license, as well as that of a school board commercial driving license, is $48. Note, however, that an additional charge will apply for the processing of any late renewals. Fees for renewing drivers licenses are also subject to change without notice, so you are encouraged to contact your local Florida DMV ahead of time. Make sure to also have the proper form of payment with you when renewing, such as a credit or debit card.

When to Renew Your Florida Driver's License

Drivers can complete an FL DMV license renewal up to 18 months before their credentials expire. Once a driver is within this time period, he or she may then have the option to renew online, in person or by mail.

Expired License

If you have an expired Florida drivers license in your possession, you are still considered qualified to get a renewed license, as long as you complete any necessary steps. Depending on when your driver's license expires, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles may require you to retake certain tests.

In Florida, you have the option to renew a drivers license up to a year and a half before they expire. If you need to renew an expired drivers license in FL, you may do so at a local DMV location.

Upon making your in-person visit, make sure to carry the following documentation with you:

  • Proof of your Social Security Number.
  • Proof of your residence in the state.
  • Proof of identification.

To renew expired drivers licenses, you will also be required to pay a delinquent fee (late fee) in the amount of $15.

Note: Only original documents are accepted.

Temporary Permits

The state of Florida may offer a temporary permit to qualified driving license candidates. For more information, contact your local FL Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

Florida temporary permits only apply if your FL drivers license is not: revoked, cancelled, suspended or disqualified.

Requirements to Renew a Florida License

Drivers who are renewing a drivers licenses in Florida must fulfill set requirements. Part of the drivers license renewal process requires you to present the proper documents, as outlined by the FLHSMV. All drivers who need to renew licenses in FL must show the following:

  • Proof of identity.
  • Proof of Social Security Number.
  • Proof of a physical address in the state.

Drivers who are older than 80 years of age will also need to pass a vision screening, either at a driver license branch or at a licensed optometrist's office. Additionally, drivers who currently have an expired license in Florida may be asked to retake a written knowledge exam.

Renew a FL Suspended License

Renewing your drivers license in FL can only be requested by drivers with suspended licenses who have fulfilled reinstatement requirements. To restore your driving privileges, you must follow the steps outlined in your suspension notice. Once your driving privileges have been restored in FL, then you will then be able to renew your drivers licenses through the FL DMV, by making an in-person visit to a local branch.

When renewing your FL DMV license, you will need to present documents that prove your identity, Social Security Number and state residence, such as:

  • Your current driver's license.
  • Your Social Security card.
  • A utility bill that is in your name.

FL Drivers License Online Renewal

In order to renew drivers licenses online in FL, you must first visit the official state DMV website. Once you are on the GoRenew page, you will then need to follow the instructions on the screen. However, before beginning the process, verify that you meet these eligibility requirements:

  • Your last driver's license renewal must have been completed in person.
  • You are a U.S. citizen or resident.
  • Your driver's license must not be suspended or revoked.
  • You must not be renewing a commercial driver's license.

To complete the online renewal process, you will also be asked to submit payment with a debit card or credit card.

Renewing Your FL Drivers License in Person

A Florida drivers license renewal can also be completed by visiting your local DMV office. Although you can walk in to any branch to renew licenses, drivers are encouraged to schedule an appointment ahead of time to prevent you from waiting in long lines.

To renew your Florida drivers license, you will need to bring:

  • Proof of identity.
  • Proof of Social Security Number.
  • Proof of residency with you.

To finalize your FL DMV license renewal process, you must also have the correct payment on hand.

Note: Photocopies of any documentation will not be accepted. Only originals can be turned into an official representative.

Non-U.S. Citizen

The FL DMV will assist any non-U.S. citizen who does not know how to renew their drivers licenses in Florida. Non-U.S. citizens are required to turn in a number of documents including:

  • Proof of identity.
  • Proof of Social Security Number.
  • Proof of residence.
  • Proof of your legal status in the country.

Non-U.S. citizens can only renew drivers licenses in person. An online drivers license renewal option is not available for those who are not permanent residents of Florida.

Out-of-State Military Renewal

The process to complete a FL DMV license renewal is also available to military members who are currently stationed out of state. If you are serving your military duties outside of Florida, you may select from one of various methods to renew drivers licenses. Military personnel can renew licenses online prior to out-of-state or out-of-country deployment. As an added benefit, you can check the status of your driver's license online prior to renewing your credential. However, if you prefer to complete a Florida drivers license renewal via mail, you can do so as well by sending any requested material to your FL DMV.

Out-Of-State Military: Renew Online

Military members are given the option to renew drivers licenses online in FL. In order to renew online, you must hold a Class E driving license. Service members are encouraged to renew their drivers licenses before being deployed out of the state or country.

The FL Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles allows motorists to renew drivers licenses up to 18 months ahead of the expiration date. Check the expiration date on your driver's license in order to ensure it is still considered current and valid.

Out-Of-State Military: Renew By Mail

In order to renew your drivers license in Florida by mail, active-duty members must first verify that they hold a driver's license with a digital image. Only those who have a photo license are considered eligible to renew by mail. Once you are ready to complete the process, visit the FL DMV's website to obtain a renewal application. Make sure you have the following information available:

  • Your state driver's license number.
  • Your name.
  • Your Social Security Number.

Once you have filled out the required form, submit your application to the address on the mail-in renewal package. Note that you will be unable to renew by mail if you have a suspended or revoked driver's license.

Drivers License Extensions

For those who are unable to complete a DMV drivers license renewal while overseas, the FL Department of Motor Vehicles allows military members to request an extension card. The purpose of a military extension card is that it allows you to maintain the validity of your driver's license for an additional 90 days after its expiration date. The extension card to renew drivers licenses is offered to military personnel free of charge. In order to obtain one, simply fill out the proper application online, through the FL DMV website.

Submitted by clennonm on 17th Sep 2014

I live in palm beach county;

I live in palm beach county; but the nearest DMV is in Broward, can I renew in person at any Broward DMV?

Submitted by clennonm on 17th Sep 2014

I live in palm beach county;

I live in palm beach county; but the nearest DMV is in Broward, can I renew in person at any Broward DMV?

Submitted by agsaravana on 6th Sep 2014

Hi, I am a non-immigrant. I

Hi,

I am a non-immigrant. I had a Minnesota drivers license which expired in july 2013. Now I moved to FL. Can I renew my license here? If so, Should I take both written and driving test.

Thanks

Submitted by Cassybittar (not verified) on 11th Jul 2013

My driver license expires in

My driver license expires in 07-12-2013. How long am I allowed to drive after expiration date?

Submitted by Linda Gau (not verified) on 10th Mar 2013

I renewed my drivers license

I renewed my drivers license via mail. I received my license. It does not have a gold star in the upper right hand corner. This is necessary to use for identification when flying. How come there wasn't a gold star and how do I obtain license with gold star?

Submitted by Dollbaby (not verified) on 13th Nov 2013

It will cost you another $32

It will cost you another $32 at the local office to get a gold star! Go figure!

Submitted by Mariana Herceg (not verified) on 5th Feb 2013

This website needs to be

This website needs to be updated. To renew in person has more requierments and the fee is $54( aprox.)

Submitted by anthonymigliore (not verified) on 24th Sep 2012

I just paid child support to

I just paid child support to get my license back how much is it going to cost me for the renewel fee

Submitted by robintafoya@rocketmail.com (not verified) on 23rd Mar 2012

We just moved to the haines

We just moved to the haines city area and would like to know what I need for a florida drivers license. Im 51 and my husband is 59. We both drive. (Tests etc...)THANK YOU

Submitted by solisd64@yahoo.com (not verified) on 10th Feb 2012

My husband has to renew his

My husband has to renew his license before May, does he have to go all the way to plant city to renew, or can he renew here in dade city. He is a permanent resident that is why I'm asking. Thank you.

Submitted by AngelaDowdy (not verified) on 22nd Feb 2012

I need my license renew by

I need my license renew by March,25 2012

Submitted by angelise89 (not verified) on 18th Nov 2011

your fees are outdated they

your fees are outdated they are all above 30 dollars now!

Submitted by Lois Maisel (not verified) on 10th Jul 2011

I just noticed that my

I just noticed that my license had expired, in May. I'm in New England and can't get down to visit an office. How can I renew?

Submitted by Anonymous on 12th Mar 2011

if you have had cataract

if you have had cataract surgery does that require a special eye test??

Submitted by Anonymous on 20th Jan 2011

PLEASE INDICATED HOW LONG

PLEASE INDICATED HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECEIVE YOUR LICENSE WHEN YOU RENEW IT.

Submitted by tawasal (not verified) on 10th Apr 2013

I renew my Driver License six

I renew my Driver License six weeks ago, i tried tio check on line when was cleared its show was Valid, but till today no sign.

I stoped to DMV office ask the clerk she said to wait. I am planned to go N.Y and my 60 day temporary one is going to expired in two weeks, what can I do to get my License before travel.

Submitted by mommymisty13517 (not verified) on 27th Feb 2009

PLEASE SHOW EVERYONE HOW TO

PLEASE SHOW EVERYONE HOW TO CHECK HOW LONG BEFORE THEY WILL GET THEIR NEW LICENSE, AFTER THEY HAVE REPLACED OR RENEWED IT. THANK YOU.

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